It's good to be able to listen.
RR's Bust Speech - Audio
Glad so many of you are enjoying it.
Please be quiet.
a lot, that speech gave me chills. Anyone who doesn't respect him and support him as our coach and leader right now is not all in. You either live, die, laugh, and cry with your team and coaches or get bent. I pray dave brandon has the logic to keep him around. He's a good man. And one hell of an offensive guru. I never thought i would say this but life is more than wins and losses. Sometimes great things take time, i believe this is one of them.
Nice speech. I like the guy and he has legitimate points.
I'm proud that this man is our coach! No matter what happens moving forward, he will always be a Michigan Man to me.
its a good speech
behind a paywall? Nothing is coming up for me.
Did you click on the "Rich Rodriguez Speech" link on the page?
that was it. I was using Firefox.
Works on Firefox for me.
Not working on mac. What are you guys using to play it?
But I didn't, but it still worked. But it's just a thin play/pause/volume/load line at the bottom of a blank white screen.
RichRod lets kids in his pool with no adult supervision or lifevests!!
I'm gonna be so disappointed if he gets fired. I don't know what the best decision will be for the product on the field, but even through all the shit he's had to deal with he's still able to be so committed to this program. I hate this whole situation.
and it especially sucks that he (and we) go through the suffering and disappointment of the last three seasons, and juuuuuust when he has the offense totally loaded and primed to wreak havoc in year 4 it looks like we are going to pull the plug.
And even if he does come back, he still loses a prime recruit who would be perfect for his offense b/c the announcement didn't come quickly enough. This after beating out Florida, Auburn, and Alabama for his services.
It's fucked up. I feel like the Comedian in The Watchmen right now.
Or after all that's gone on, do you feel more like this?
the past 3 years have been a cluster-f
and I think he admits this, but I do think he cares and should be given 1 more chance
I am with you all the way on this one but to me he is still on his first chance. No way a coach gets canned before he has recruits that are actual upper classmen. Fucking busch league if it happens.
This is exactly how I feel. I'm just consoling myself with the fact that I can also be a fan of wherever he goes if he does get fired. Not really that comforting.
At times I feel bad for RR and think that he's gotten something of a raw deal. He certainly hasn't been treated very well. On the other hand, he's brought a lot of it on himself (defense, special teams, Sheridan over Threet, probation....). The reality is that the team should not be as bad as it is and he has to answer for that on some level.
Yea that was really a good laugh guys. Funniest shit since 9/11.
RE: The posts earlier that thought it was so fucking funny that he played the song at the bust. Really fucking funny, guys. Hysterical.
Ah, I didn't catch that. What song did he play?
Also, I love inside jokes. I hope to be a part of one someday.
is that you Dwayne Wade?
He's so right when he says that the defense had struggles but never gave up. That's what I love about our team.
Look at Indiana against Wisconsin giving up 83 points. The Indiana D completely quit.
That has never happened under RR.
I love this.
"Our times coming. Our times coming and it's coming in a big way. We'll let people jump on the bandwagon. That's okay. They may not have a front seat but they'll jump on the back."
you not like this guy? There has been so much hate for this man in the media and such but he is such a genuine guy, you can just tell by the way he talks and you can tell he truely loves Michigan. You could tell he spent a lot of time on this speech and it came right from his heart.
One more year. One more year. Ten more years. Ten more years.
Do you really want to see that reaction??
A great speech, a great coach, and he will be here a for a long time.
I hope you are right but the signs don’t look good and that makes me sad.
All we know it that the AD is going to stick to his timetable to discuss the season with the coach after it is over. That means to me that the sign is that all the noise and hoopla is a lot of hand-wringing over nothing. The AD and the coach will discuss what to do next and the AD will formalize in writing during the review what he has been telling the coach all along all season long.
That's how real companies that have been successful over time and real executives who have been successful over time operate. This is all about teaching the MSM, our fan base, our players, and our entire athletic department about how the ship is going to be run by DB going forward in all sports, not just football.
That;s the kind of intelligent and professional personnel management I would expect from a man with DB's education and experience. Contrast that with Goss and Martin's handling of various situations relating to coaches over the past decade or so......
He prefaces that the song is cheesy... but the theme of his speech matches the song exactly.
THanks for posting this. Fantastic speech.
Yeah, I like that he had the cajones to play a Josh Groban song to a room of football types. He seemed to know that it's probably not the type of thing they were expecting.
You know he is right. If you look at our record during his tenure, you think worse coach in Michigan history. What you don't see is all the challenges this team has faced. I think people don't realize how difficult it would be to make for example Wisconsin into a spread team. Sure he has made mistakes, (see Defensive Coordinator hiring), but everyone makes mistakes. The people you are hire don't always turn out the way you think they will. It happens all the time in life. I look at our offense and see joy for the future with RR at the helm. We have one of the youngest teams in college right now. We have the same record as (wait for it), FLORIDA who won the national championship just a few years ago and didn't change their head coach. I think we should give him one more year. If the teams record improves again, we should keep him and be glad that we kept him. Sure Harbaugh looks like the hotter girl right now, but go back to when we hired RR and he looked pretty hot too. Lets not forget that. RR might not have been a Michigan insider, but he exemplifies a Michigan Man. The guy benched his ONLY punter on the day of the biggest day of the year to send a message, No man is above the program.
I'm very proud to call him our coach. He's not only coaching these boys about football but also life.
Through all of the trials and tribulations, Rich Rodriguez has held fast. He has led his team and he has been a fine example and role model for us all. God bless you, RichRod.
His speech wasn't as bad as it was made out to be, but it wasn't particularly good either.
He needs some motivation and inspiration.
I think you're pretty much alone on this one.
I wasn't looking for some pregame rah rah speech, and I'm not suggesting he's a bad person or coach, but he could have been a little bit more forward looking. If you've heard a good leader speak before you know it. They speak of their vision, not of how their "wife likes nice things."
I thought Lloyd's time was done when it was done, but he did impress me with how he inspired his players. This Rudyard Kipling poem below is powerful and Lloyd's teams recited it every week. Maybe that's why they were able to pull off upsets - because they were inspired. RR doesn't seem to have a knack for upsets, and this may be part of the reason.
Nonetheless, I support keeping RR as our coach and think that DB is hamstringing him with this limbo shit. DB totally fucked up with the Dee decommitt. That's all on his shoulders.
Are going to feel like Bill Murray waking up in Groundhog Day for the next month.
I can't listen while at work...what song was it?
RR is quite the orator
as someone who has been debating whether or not he should lead this program going forward to all the important people; friends, the dog, coffee tables, etc, i'm now more than ever sure he's the man for the job. A tremendous speach, especially how he tied the theme of "raising up" into player development off the field-how many coaches really care about that? We're lucky enough to have one of the few. He isn't the most eloquent speaker, but the passion and theme ring true. Maybe his speach sold me, but I haven't bought anything lately from any door to door salesmen or converted my religion after a doorbell ring, so I'm gonna stick with my guns.
Nothing about this was a plea, simply heartfelt. Having been portrayed as a sort of country bumpkin rolling in here from west virginia, i think he's a completely different man then when he was first introduced at the helm. He hasn't been perfect, and he has made mistakes, but i will take him leading our program over a man like urban meyer, nick saban, or d'antonio any day of the week, even if it meant a difference in the overall w/l total.
Coach Rodriguez, I'm a believer.
Detnews: Emotional Rodruiguez brings crowd to its feet at U-M banquet
Freep: Rich Rodriguez closes bust with hand-holding session
thinks this was an embarrassment. His article is pretty scathing and in my opinion an embarrassment as it stinks of an attack on our school and coach.
Terry Foster is a fucking moron. Most of what he says is garbage.
Not sure what the legalities are, but I have it as an MP3 if someone wants it.
I thought the speech was good. And not neerly as embarrasing as the Detroit News or Freep make it out to be. http://www.detnews.com/article/20101203/OPINION03/12030414/Rich-Rod%E2%80%99s-performance-%E2%80%98embarrassing%E2%80%99 is an embarrsment, not the RR speech. Not one MSM article mentioned the context of the song, which is important after listening to the entire speech.
I hope that the RR haters will give this a listen and reconsider their viewpoint.
If I was there, I personally would have said "lol wut?" when the song was played, but hey to a lot of people they really like that song and find it inspirational and all that jazz.
With that said, I will bare-fist fight anyone who thinks it reflects negatively on our coach/program.
I'd have to take you up on it. I'm in favor of giving Rodriguez one more year, notwithstanding this gaffe with this song. But have you ever been forced to listen to a really loud melodramatic ballad by someone who is moved by every word of the song? It's mortifying. What do you do? Do you make eye contact? Nod sagely like you get what the person is trying to say by playing this specific song for you?
It's another piece of evidence that Rodriguez is totally - pardon the pun - tone deaf when it comes to media relations. Should his public-relations ineptitude reflect negatively on our program? Probably not. Does it? Yep.
Most people get emotional because it is heartfelt. People complain about somone being too emotional or not emotional enough. It's all crap. For me, I love it that he is emotional. You know he cares about his job.
--apologies for running a bit long--
Yes, richrod lost me for a good while around the time of the PSU game and for most of the time since. As this coaching controversy reaches an operatic pitch, I figured I could either stare at my imaginary what-would-bo-do bracelet or I could self-medicate by cracking open the oldie but goodie biography, "Bo." Bo's last fall of coaching was my freshman year at M so I got a glimpse of the final flickering embers of the legendary era. As I read the top of page 29 of the book, I couldn't help but smile--my criticism of our coach was being challenged by the contents of a book that predates this controversy by 20 or so years. To paraphrase would be an injustice. Therefore, allow me to quote:
"The Northwestern experience was interesting because here we were, working under one of the greatest minds in college football, Ara Parseghian, and yet in 1957, my second year there, we lost every game we played. Every single game. We were 0-9, the only losing team I ever coached. How did it happen? The talent wasn't there. And we had no leadership amonst the seniors.
"And yet, as wierd as this sounds, that might have been Ara's finest year of coaching--only because, through all of those defeats, he never cracked, he never made his coaches feel inferior, and he never stopped trying new things. I never met anyone with that kind of football imagination....During meetings after each loss, Ara would say to us, 'Listen, I know this isn't a great year. But you guys are not to blame. We'll get through this. We will turn it around.'"
That passage struck me. The perspective it gives leaves me less critical of a coach who is encountering similar circumstances and appears to be dealing with them in an equally admirable way. In the end, however, whether Rich Rod, Rich Little, James Harbaugh or James Brown is caoching M, I still say...
I don't know how these things are, but was it an appropriate speech for a bust? Was RR making it too much about himself? This is not a rhetorical question--I don't know. Then again, could RR really be expected to speak and not allude to anything that's going on? He did connect his speech to the past, and it was mostly about coaching in general.
Regardless, just announce that RR is staying already goddammit! I really don't want him leaving.
Those who are old enough are very familiar with how outraged Bo was when Illinois fired Gary Moeller after three years, and most UM fans were gleefully reveling in the beatdowns we put on Illinois after Mo returned to the Michigan staff. The fact that most of us felt that Moeller hadn't gotten a fair shake of course was a big component in our reaction to those victories. This was in spite of the fact that Moeller's three-year record of 6-24-3 was measurably worse than his Illinois predecessor Bob Blackman, whose final three years at Illinois were 16-16-1.
"When Gary Moeller was about to be fired as head coach at Illinois in 1979 with two years remaining on a five-year contract, one of the most outspoken critics of the dismissal was his mentor, Bo Schembechler.
"The university is responsible to honor the contract," Schembechler said of Moeller's imminent firing. "Now the university seems to be saying: 'We can get rid of him anytime we want.' That's typical of how they work. And that's not good.""
Different times, different universities, different standards.
Don't go posting comments from Bo, as well all know, he wasn't a "real" Michigan man. All this is going to do is to stop people from complaining.
I know how outraged Bo was. But you know what? Illinois made the right decision to fire Moeller. His successor, Mike White, did far better than he did.
Sometimes the best thing to do for your program is the "unfair" thing.
Yes, White was much more successful than Moeller was. White was a smart coach, but he was also a bit of a sleazeball, eventually landing Illinois on probation. Which in turn only served to confirm Bo's judgement—and anger—in the eyes of lots of people.
I can't imagine the baggage Coach Rod carries with him and the tremendous pressure he's under day in and day out. It seems like just about everything has been a battle since the day he stepped foot in Ann Arbor. Consequently, I don't think it's just to make fun of a guy who's probably been through the three most emotionally-taxing years of his life.
I thought it was a really, really great speech. He gets emotional when he starts to talk about his family and what they've been through. I got emotional as he developed the analogy between the song and his players, coaching staff and Michigan fans. He probably could have done without playing the actual audio at the end (I think that's the part that tipped a very heart-felt, sincere speech toward "OMG RR has lost it!" fodder.
Good speech, I like the guy, and I don't think he got a fair shake.
I want to see him succeed at Michigan.
But the Groban thing is just a total total total facepalm....facepalm of the year.
IF he gets the boot, I would not be shocked to see an exodus of players follow him to his new school.
If he's fired, I wouldn't assume he'd take another job for next season. I could see him wanting some time off before he gets back into it.
First of all- thanks for posting this.
I think his speech was certainly appropriate as well as the song. I'm not a fan of Groban but the lyrics in of itself certainly are poetic. I don't see how RR gets flamed for this ( from what I've heard on WTKA callers).
Class all the way, critcism of that speech is baseless. Next year we compete for the Big Ten championship,whoever is coach. The schedule and talent returning have already determined that, this is a good man and a good coach. Taught by Don Nehlan who I would like to have up here to speak, who was taught by Bo. You will never see RR show up another coach like you never saw Bo show up another coach. That is a Michigan Man, we may be called arrogant but that is because we dont show up coaches, they dont say or do things to make themselves bigger than the program. It bothers me when I hear such desire to bring in a coach who has that characteristic as a trademark and we all know who that is. If he ends up here it will never again be about the team but rather a opportunity for folks to look at ME ME ME.
Thanks for posting! I was moved, but I'm a sap like that.
I appreciate the sentiment behind it, but playing that song is just . . . too much. The coach isn't supposed to be the centerpiece of the Bust.
The public's reaction to this speech proves that the disappointment of the past three seasons, trepidation about the future of Michigan, and concern for the welfare of our student athletes are all overshadowed by the fact that people really fucking hate Josh Groban.
"It's my great honor and privilege to be here tonight with members of the great 1985 team and with tonight's honorees and a great senior class.
"The 1985 team had a great year, ending with a 10-1-1 record and a number 2 ranking, notwithstanding that they weren't ranked in the preseason top 20. I'm proud to be here and humbled to know I share something with such a great group of Michigan men. Here, too, are Coaches Moeller and Hanlon, and let me tell you, they are tough acts to follow.
"Everyone knows about Denard Robinson's great play this year, and he was great and I am expecting he will get even better. He truly deserves to have won the Bo Schembechler Award. Steve Schilling is the first three time winner of the Hugh Rader award, which he and Dave Molk, who came back from a tough injury, share for the 2010 season. Jonas Mouton and Mike Martin are deserving winners of the Roger Zatkoff and Dick Hatcher defensive awards. Mark Moundros, one of our co-captains, won the Robert P. Ufer Award for being the player most like the late, great Bob Ufer in his enthusiasm and love for our great University.
"We're also all proud of Zac Ciullo, who is this year's recipient of the Dr. Arthur Robinson Award for scholarship. Zac will be at Michigan's Law School next year. While Zac didn't play as much as some others, he is a valuable member of our team and it has been my great privilege to have worked with such a fine young man.
"These young men are especially distinguished because every young man in the program is special, and for anyone to stand out from such a great group takes quite some doing.
"I wish there was time to name all of the great seniors who made this year special for me and the staff, and who provided invaluable leadership to the younger men on the team. Every one of them deserves praise for the success we have enjoyed this year. I know they wanted, and deserved, even more success, but any shortcomings are my fault, and not theirs. All of them have inspired me and the staff to work harder so they may enjoy even more success in the future, and so they may share in the joy of seeing the next generation of Michigan men do well on the field. And trust me, the hard work all these young Michigan men have done will earn them success, both on the football field and in life.
"Tonight is about all of the young men on our team and in our program, each and every one of them, whether he's an All American, a starter, a member of our scout team, or a student manager. Because they all work so hard and all of them are essential to any success the team has. Let's have a big round of applause for all of those fine young men.
"And tonight is also about honoring the past. Specifically we honor a great team of 25 seasons ago. But we also honor the traditions and the love everyone in the Michigan community has for a great University and great teams, and great people. I am blessed to have been accepted into that community, and I pledge to do my best to be worthy of that honor.
"And, so, to celebrate a great group of seniors and the great 1985 team, let's all rise and join in singing The Victors ! "
Thank you for the compliment.
Proud to say that this man is the head coach at Michigan. Fuck the haters
For every JLS Slap reference we make to Sparties, or for every "Everybody murders" reference we make to Bucknuts, we'll get this: